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    Substance Sanctuary: High Life Consumes the Zeitgeist in Colorful Colorado

    May 24, 2024
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    Colorado has a disturbing amount of news about drugs and alcohol. If you walk around Denver, it’s easy to see why that is, but many of us don’t walk around Denver any longer because it’s unsanitary and unsafe.

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    Earlier this month, Rocky Mountain PBS penned Colorado’s legal drug conundrum, focusing on progressive Democrats’ recent successes against moderate Democrats’ efforts to solve the problem(s) they created. 

    “Those in favor of the bill emphasized that Coloroadans (sic) will continue to use drugs, and that overdose-prevention centers would ensure supervising staff can reverse overdoses when needed and keep drug usage away from public spaces… But those against the bill — including Democratic Senators Kyle Mullica and Joanne Ginal — said the bill as written lacked nuance and data.”

    Moderate Democrats and GOP hardliners are on the same page on this, which isn’t surprising since one of the moderate Democrat’s that sponsored the bill, Kevin Priola, was a moderate Republican before he was a moderate Democrat. It’s almost like a uniparty. 

    Republicans made a documentary on the fentanyl crisis, with the financial backing of Weld County Rancher and Republican donor Steve Wells, according to KOAA News5. Fentanyl remains the top priority for Republicans in Colorado, despite the myriad of issues facing voters. 

    Then there is the federal reclassification of marijuana, with no shortage of mainstream commentary. See:

    The weed industry and markets are excited. 

    Liquor stores on the western slope continue to struggle post covid, according to the Longmont Leader. Government efforts to help have failed, shocking no one, and to-go alcohol will soon be a permanent part of restaurant takeout, according to the Durango Herald. So that probably won’t help the situation with the liquor stores. Shop local, everyone. 

    Then there’s the anti-vaping activists who are sounding the alarm on kids getting addicted to nicotine. They seem like they’re ready to give up according to Westword, fearing any controls on substance are a nonstarter in this political climate.

    From fentanyl to weed, from alcohol to vape juice, the Centennial State is a substance sanctuary, and it shows. But while the trend points towards libertarian ideals, it’s a fine line between liberty and licentiousness. 

    Kids getting addicted to vape or, worse, overdosing in the streets, is immoral. The connection of addiction to, and the scale of, Denver’s homeless problem is immoral. The safety of lifelong Denver residents, many of them elderly, being sacrificed for political gain is immoral. 

    “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 

    John Adams

    John Adams was right. 

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    Ashe Epp

    Ashe Epp is a local writer and a Colorado Free Press contributor. You can find more from Ashe at linktr.ee/asheinamerica.
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